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Veterans rep to visit Great Bend

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Area veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to their time in service. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

August 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


Party under shooting stars

This Friday, Aug. 11, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will hold a party under falling stars.

August 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer jam recalled

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series on the Summer Jam music festival that took place in Great Bend in August 1978. Delete-Merge Up

August 05, 2017 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


Bike Brew Q raises $5K for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Over 160 cyclists, craft beer and barbecue enthusiasts came together and raised upwards of $5,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the second annual Bike Brew Q event at the Great Bend Expo Complex on July 29. Cyclists headed out in the morning and routes were available from 20-72 miles and included road and gravel routes. All routes included support and gear (SAG) stops sponsored by local businesses and philanthropy groups, and gave riders a chance to rest, hydrate and refuel.

August 05, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Local News


It's time to strike up the GBHS band

Great Bend High School freshmen band members, drum majors and section leaders will meet Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 8-10, in the GBHS Band Room from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


County Commission, City Council meet Monday

The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

August 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


BCC budget hearing is Tuesday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also hold its monthly study session. Topics for discussion include the July financial report, Composite Financial Index (CFI) rating index, City of Great Bend Revitalization Plan, Higher Learning Center presentation, and Corrections programming.

August 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Sen. Moran to host Kansas Listening Tour stop in Barton County

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that he will visit Great Bend as part of his Kansas Listening Tour on Thursday, Aug. 10. Area residents are encouraged to attend the meeting from 2-3 p.m. in the meeting room at American Ag Credit, 5634 10th St., and share feedback with Sen. Moran on the critical issues facing Kansas and the nation.

August 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Couch: Be respectful at meeting

A large crowd is expected to attend the Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting at the Great Bend Events Center, but suspended Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch is urging for calm.

August 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend Summer Jam: Right place, right time

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series on the Summer Jam music festival that took place in Great Bend in August 1978.

August 03, 2017 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


KASB rep touts 'new day' for Kansas ed

A new school year is just around the corner, with a new formula to fund Kansas schools and a plan to redesign Kansas education. In fact, "It's a new day for Kansas education," a Kansas Association of School Boards representative said Thursday.

August 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPD study to look at wages, morale

It was during a special Great Bend City Council meeting June 29 that Police Chief Cliff Couch leveled accusations of unethical behavior within city government. Following four executive sessions totalling two hours and 45 minutes, the council approved contracting with an outside party to do a compensation and management study of the Great Bend Police Department.

August 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Kansas begins offering federally compliant ID

TOPEKA - Kansas has a new driver's license design, specifically formatted to comply with approaching federal ID requirements for airport security purposes, three years early.

August 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Council changes venue for meeting

The Monday Great Bend City Council meeting will be moved to the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th St., to accommodate an anticipated larger-than normal crowd in light of the controversy involving Police Chief Cliff Couch and the council, city officials announced Thursday afternoon. It will start at 7:30 p.m.

August 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Fourth suspect caught in Hoisington

Eric Peters, 37, the fourth suspect connected to a search warrant executed at 306 Garfield St. in Olmitz on Monday, was caught by the Barton County Sheriff's Department in Hoisington on Tuesday.

August 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Local News


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Two arrested on drug charges

Barton County Sheriff's office detectives made two separate arrests Monday night, one at 11 p.m. and another at 2 a.m., for possession ...

April 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


GBRH purchased by University of Kansas Health System

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The University of Kansas Health System has signed a letter of intent to purchase the operations of Great Bend Regional Hospital and ...

April 24, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Meeting agendas, lifting of burn ban

Faculty contract renewals

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton hosts Hispanic Culture workshop

Dancing, artwork and soccer were all part of the experience more than 200 students from Kansas high schools shared Monday at Barton Community College's ...

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Deer crashes into van in Stafford County

A deer collided with a van carrying six people from Kingman at 5:40 p.m. Sunday in Stafford County.

April 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


4-way stop eyed for ‘problem’ intersection

County officials called the junction of North Washington and NE 30 Road a "problem intersection," and looked Monday morning at ways to make it safer ...

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


April weather in Great Bend: Is this a dream?

A long time ago there was a movie called "The Gods Must be Crazy." It was a comedy whose plot revolved around a Botswana African ...

April 23, 2018 | BY MATT KEENAN Special to the Tribune | Local News


An historic achievement

Monday was Central Plains High School Basketball State Champions Day in Barton County, but the team members didn't get much of a chance to ...

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Third stone for vet memorial in the works

A third stone for the on-going Golden Belt Veterans Memorial will be purchased, the Barton County Commission decided Monday morning.

April 23, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Zoo prepares for Plastic Free July

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grizzly Bear exhibit expands in 2018

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo evolution

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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hot results on a cold day

April 14 was a cold, blustery day, but the Regional Music Festival results were hot for Great Bend High School students. The festival was held ...

April 22, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Local News


Originals: BCC Theatre hosts play series

Barton Theatre Director Dr. Rick Abel premiered the Original Play Series at Barton last year, and in light of its success, he is bringing it ...

April 22, 2018 | By Micha Oelze Barton Community College | Local News


Ellinwood city council approves Splash Pad addition

ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting in April, a representative from the Ellinwood Rotary Club, Rosie Joiner, shared specifications for a covered patio the ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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